Associate Professor, Extension Specialist, and Director of Graduate Studies
1985 Buford Ave
St Paul, MN 55108
Areas of Interest
Technology and Family Development
Promoting Positive Family Development
Normative Adolescent and College Student Development
Parenting Adolescents and College Students
Ph.D., Human and Community Development, University of Illinois
M.S., Human and Community Development, University of Illinois
B.S., Psychology, Allegheny College
Honors & Awards
2013 Council of Graduate Students Outstanding Faculty Award, University of Minnesota
2008 National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences Florence Hall Award, First Place, Central Region
2008 National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences Florence Hall Award, State Winner, Minnesota Affiliate
2007 National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences Internet Education Technology Award, Second Place, National
2007 National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences Internet Education Technology Award, First Place, Central Region
2006 National Family Life Extension Specialists Early Achievement Award
2006 Innovations in Student Development Award, Minnesota College Personnel Association
2006 College of Human Ecology Award for Innovation and Mission Advancement, University of Minnesota
2005 New Career Excellence Award, College of Human Ecology
Research & Discovery
Jodi’s research and discovery focuses on risk-taking among adolescents and college students, promoting positive family development, and parenting adolescents and college students. Her work attempts a paradigm shift away from the historically negative model of youth risk-taking behaviors to a normative model of youth exploration, one that sees this behavior as functional, intentional and part of an active process of identity formation. A critical piece of her work is developing research-based outreach services to promote positive family development.
Parenting 2.0 – This project is designed to gain a better understanding of the ways in which, and the reasons that parents use technology. We hope to determine some of the processes that take place that impact parent learning online, and the outcomes from parents’ use of technology. This information will be used for the design, testing, and implementation of educational applications for parents.
Outreach & Engagement
Jodi's outreach and engagement focuses on developing resources to help parents understand normative adolescent and college student development and communicate with their adolescent and college student around risk-taking behaviors, and training professionals in this area of research. Visit the Families with Teens Extension webpage.
Here you can find resources for parents and professionals in English and Spanish.
Key projects include:
Teen Talk - a fact sheet series for talking with teens about challenging topics.
Online research updates for professionals – designed to help professionals working with families of teens explore current research on specific topics in the field of normative adolescent development and what it means for the two-way parent-adolescent relationship.
Teen-Link - A searchable database of books, journal articles and web sites on teen issues.
Seminar for Parents: Alcohol use on campus and the Seminar for Parents: College Finance - on-line resources for parents of college students and soon-to-be college students developed in partnership with Marjorie Savage, Director of the Parent Program at the University of Minnesota.
Doty, J. L., & Dworkin, J. (in press). Online social support for parents: A critical review. Marriage & Family Review.
Petree, C., & Dworkin, J. (in press). Parent internet use during a child’s emerging adulthood: Implications for Extension. Journal of Extension.
Dworkin, J., Connell, J., & Doty, J. (2013). A literature review of parents’ online behavior. Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, 7(2).
Doty, J., & Dworkin, J. (2013). Parents’ of adolescents use of social networking sites. Computers in Human Behavior. Advance online publication. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2013.07.012
Doty, J., Dworkin, J., & Connell, J. (2012). Examining digital differences: Parents’ online activities. Family Science Review, 17(2), 18-39.
Jang, J., & Dworkin, J. (2012). Mothers' satisfaction with youth out-of-school-time programs. Journal of Youth Development, 7(4), 25-36.
Jang, J., & Dworkin, J. (2012). Babycenter.com: New parent behavior in an online community. The Forum for Family and Consumer Issues, 17(2). Available:
Dever, B. V., Schulenberg, J. E., Dworkin, J. B., O’Malley, P. M., Kloska, D. D., & Bachman, J. G. (2012). Predicting risk-taking with and without substance use: The effects of parental monitoring, school bonding, and sports participation. Prevention Science, 13(6), 605-615.
Connell, J., & Dworkin, J. (2012). College students’ information and communications technology (ICT) use with parents. Journal of the Association of Higher Education Parent/Family Program Professionals, 2(2), 2-17.
Walker, S., Dworkin, J., & Connell, J. (2011). Does quantity matter? Variation in parent use of information technology and social media. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 40, 106-119.
Doty, J. L., Doty, M. J., & Dworkin, J. (2011). Web-based family life education: Spotlight on user experience. Journal of Extension, 49(6). Available
Dworkin, J., Gonzalez, C., Gengler, C., & Olson, K. (2011). Evaluating newsletters for parents of early adolescents. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 103(1), 47-54.
Dworkin, J. (2010). Parents’ perceptions of experimentation in college: Students’ perspectives. Journal of the Association of Higher Education Parent/Family Program Professionals, 1(2), 2-17.
Dworkin, J., & Savage, M. (2010). Home base: Defining the family’s role in launching first-year commuter students. Journal of the Australia and New Zealand Student Services Association, 36, 39-57.
Dworkin, J., & Savage, M. (2010). What are they talking about? Barriers to parent-college student communication on critical topics. Journal of the Association of Higher Education Parent/Family Program Professionals, 1(1).
Willoughby, B., & Dworkin, J. (2009). The relationships between emerging adults’ expressed desire to marry and frequency of participation in risk-taking behaviors. Youth & Society, 40, 426-450.